Thursday, May 6, 2021

It is with with heavy hearts that we are sharing the news that Jimmy Prince, the owner of (the former) Major Markets Prime Meats in Coney Island has passed away.

Major Markets Prime Meats was on Mermaid Avenue and Jimmy began working at the shop when he was only 18 years old in 1949. He learned everything about the #butcher trade and eventually became the owner, selling only the finest cuts of meat 🥩. Jimmy who was known as “Mr. Major” or the “Prince of Mermaid Avenue” retired at 77 years of age in 2009 and with no one to take over, the shop closed its doors. 

Our photo of Major Markets appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”. 

 #storefront #butchershop #butchersofinstagram #coneyisland #disappearingfaceofnewyork #jamesandkarla #momandpopshop #vernacularphotography #handpaintedsigns



Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Happy #cincodemayo everyone!

Even though it’s rainy in NYC today, we are thinking of this graphic #taco spot on Avenue A in the East Village which serves both corn 🌽 or flour #tacos 🌮 including “El Gringo con Bone Marrow” 🍖 featuring rib eye, bone marrow, smoked cheddar , sour cream & lettuce and “Chicken El Pastor” with adobo chicken thighs, bacon bits, onion and cilantro. 

We especially love the #handpainted signage created by our friends @noblesigns!



Saturday, May 1, 2021

This Sunday, May 2nd is Orthodox Easter 🐣 where many Orthodox churches including Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox celebrate Easter Sunday in the Julian calendar.

This upcoming holiday reminded us of the Swedish candy store, Sockerbit on Christopher Street in the West Village of Manhattan. Sadly @sockerbitnyc closed after 10 years in business last November 2020 due to the pandemic and we will miss getting their delicious candies sold by the pound.

• #orthodoxeaster #swedishcandy #candy #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork #jamesandkarla #westvillage #westvillagenyc #candystore #candyshop #candygram



Thursday, April 29, 2021

Vasquez Grocery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Yesterday, it reached a high of 85 degrees Fahrenheit in Central Park, which had us thinking about enjoying a cold drink while relaxing in the shade like these two guys were in 2004 when we took this #filmphotograph in 2004 which appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”. We also love the unique handpainted #signage this #bodega has.

 At one point, the sign was surrounded by colorful chasing lights but they had long since disappeared. Let us know if you have a favorite corner store where you can often see locals hanging out. 

• #storefront #jamesandkarla #film #disappearingfaceofnewyork #typographydesign #signagedesign #vernaculartypography #filmisnotdead



Wednesday, April 28, 2021

La Pastora Bakery in the Bronx was founded over 50 years ago and is currently run by the third-generation owner using his grandfather’s recipes.

We photographed this timeworn #storefront in 2006 and our photo and interview with the owner appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”. @thelamc recently selected our photo of La Pastora Bakery and some of our other work documenting Latino “Mom-and-Pop” Storefronts to be highlighted as part of the 2021 Latin Alternative Music Conference which is being held May 4-7, 2021. 

To register for the free conference and view our full Artist portfolio please visit: https://www.Latin alternative.com/art.html 

• #bakery #bakersofinstagram #bakerslife #latino #latinos #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #shopsmall #supportlocalbusiness #supportsmallbusinesses #allinnyc #shoplocal #bakingfromscratch #bakinglove #supportlatinabusiness #supportartists



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Last night was the first Supermoon of 2021 and this April’s special full moon is known as the Pink Moon due to the pink flowers 🌸 (phlox) which bloom in the springtime.

 While we look for the moon rising tonight at 11:32 PM, our thoughts go to the former Moon’s Home aka Demetree Hotel in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. The Demetree was a noted flophouse and interestingly has been renovated in recent years as an affordable B&B hotel. 

• #moon #moonlovers #overtown #overtownmiami #hotel #hotellife #hotelhideaway #hotels #miami #hotelsoftheworld #moon_of_the_day



Monday, April 26, 2021

Shake Shack vs Paul's, East Village, NYC

Paul’s Da Burger Joint in the East Village has been in business since 1989 and makes amazing 1/2 pound burgers cooked to order as well as delicious steak fries. We visited @paulsdaburgerjoint last night during our YouTube livestream Burger Battle to purchase & compare freshly made burgers 🍔 and fries 🍟 from corporate owned Shake Shack on Astor Place to the independently-owned Paul’s. 2nd photo of Shake Shack burger and crinkle-cut fries on left vs Paul’s Da Burger Joint burger and steak fries on right. • To find out who the clear winner of our #burgerbattle was please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel, see direct link below & in bio and IG story. 

•Full video: https://youtu.be/V-EnzO2d4xw